Martin E. Marty
Last weekend was supposed to belong to Osama Bin Laden, and he was noticed, also by those who monitor the fates of religions in media. Amazingly, he had to share space and time with a figure self-described as an historian, and other-described as “little-known.”
“God has cursed the earth... This is the starting point for all economic analysis. The earth no longer gives up her fruits automatically. Man must sweat to eat.”
Why expressive conservative Christians waste energies responding to the comparatively trivial “new atheists” while giving Rand a free ride or while taking their own ride on her renewed bandwagon is further a part of the mystery.
As Bittman tells it, he is fasting, or was, last Monday, when thousands of others also fasted to draw notice to those Congressional budget proposals
After a week of tsunamis, earthquakes, Libyan horrors, Philadelphia clerical sex scandal news, National Public Radio disasters, and National Football League lock-out threats, we the people look for some comic relief. Celebrity politician Newt Gingrich provided thisTags Politics
Rob Bell is seen by his enemies as baiting those to his right by writing too kindly about God and the many mortals destined for hell, and they insist that softness has to stopTags Sarah Palin
That the persecution goes on is unquestionably true. Whether it receives too little media space or time is harder to assess
Buddhism and Islam came off as the two “faith communities” to whom other Americans feel least warm
“Americans” can be dogmatic about the exclusive paths to salvation which millions affirm but then also in many circumstances they talk as if they can issue free passes to heaven for almost everybody.
The new Pew survey could be a wake-up call—or the occasion for multitudes to push the “Snooze” button once again.
Culture wars can get heated up after cooling, but they are not likely to take the forms they did, nor keep media over-awed again.
What kind of people do we want to be with a new president who has such lofty ideas about what he wants to be?
Decades ago wags said that the Episcopal Church was "the Republican Party at prayer," but in elections in our time it has been said that "inerrant Word of God" factions tended to find Republicans to be inerrant.
I am currently in Finland, where scholars at Turku and Helsinki asked me to address, among other topics, the role of religion in the American presidential campaign.